We all enjoy a day at the races whether it's your first time or you're a regular each race day offers something for everyone.

Most people visit the races with a budget and i've heard so many times "I've had a great day at the races, paid for tickets and drinks and came home with what I went out with", yes that is a great day but we would all love to finish the day in the Champagne Bar with cash in our pockets.  

To help you do so I have put together some tips and advice when trying to pick out your horses.

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HOW TO PICK A WINNER

Picking winners in horse racing is not an easy task.  That's why tipsters are paid such good money to put the time and effort in to try and pick them out however tipsters are usually very specific in the races and horses that they pick, they don't tip horses in every race at a meeting.
 
When you're going to the races there are certain aspects that can help you select a winner without putting in the hours watching previous races, reading/watching interviews etc etc.  Below are a things that need to be considered.
 
GROUND
 
The first thing I look at when picking a horse is the ground.  The majority of horses prefer a certain type of ground, usually due to how a horse is built.  Each race meeting will have a certain type of ground declared, whether it be firm, good, soft, heavy or a mix ground can have a significant bearing on how a horse performs.  Consider the following; "Has a horse been placed or better on the declared ground?".  If the answer is yes then I suggest you add these horses to the shortlist.
 
DISTANCE
 
The distance the horses are racing is another important factor to look at when picking your horses.  You wouldn't want to back a horse that has won over 5 furlongs in the past over 2 miles so the next question to ask is "Has the horse been placed over a similar distance to what it is encountering today?"
 
TRAINER
 
Trainer form is also important when trying to pick a winner.  If a horse is trained by someone who hasn't had a winner or a place in the past few weeks, chances are that the is something not quite right in the yard and therefore it is worth steering clear of their horses.  If a trainer is picking winner after winner then it is sometimes well worth siding with their horses even if the horse itself doesn't have much form behind them.
 
PARADE RING
 
Before a race the horses are shown to the public in the "Parade Ring", here you can analyse a horses demeaner and condition and make some real informed decisions.  Things that should be considered are; 
 
  • Is the horse relaxed and look comfortable?  If a horse looks comfortable in the surroundings then chances are it is going to enjoy itself so that could put a tick in the box
  • Is the horse sweating?  If a horse is sweating then it could be exerting too much energy before the race so it may be worth putting a cross through a horse sweating too much
  • Is it's coat "shiny"?  A shiny coat is a sign of good health which is another tick in the box
  • Does the horse look athletic and not overweight?  If a horse looks a little bit overweight compared to others it may not be in it's peak condition and that is a sign that the horse may need the run
 
RACECARD TIPSTERS
 
Upon my many visits to the races I have noticed that the racecard tipsters are usually pretty good.  "Timeform" is one inparticular that stands out and if you don't want to do the donkey work keeping the right side of them could be worthwhile